US Open 2011: 5 Potential Candidates for a Surprise Run at Flushing Meadows

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US Open 2011: 5 Potential Candidates for a Surprise Run at Flushing Meadows
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With the US Open looming large, all the players are gearing up for the last slam of 2011.

The obvious favorite, Novak Djokovic, has won two out of three grand slams this year, and has been playing the best tennis of his life; having beaten Rafael Nadal five times and Roger Federer three times. The Serb has only one loss—the 2011 French Open semifinal to Federer—on the entire year.

Nadal, the defending champion, won the French Open this year as he cruised to a four-set victory over Roger Federer in the final. At Wimbledon, Rafa looked good, but nowhere near as unstoppable as Djokovic, who beat him in the final. Despite having won the title last year, most people expect Novak to come home with the trophy.

Roger Federer hasn't looked as good as he was two or three years ago as he hasn't won any slams this year; only one title (Doha). In the Australian Open, Roger reached the semifinals, but his efforts weren't enough to keep Novak Djokovic at bay. He reached the final of the French Open, and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. A lot of people rule out Federer as a threat in grand slams, saying that Nadal and Djokovic are the two main contenders.

Andy Murray hasn't looked too impressive this year. He got to the finals of the Australian Open, but that was in part because Nadal got injured and lost in the quarters. In the French Open, he lost to Nadal in the semis, and the same thing happened at Wimbledon. Some are saying that this is one of the biggest grand slam shots of his career.

Out of these four, Djokovic is the one given the highest chances, with Nadal following. However, these are only the favorites.

Here are five people who aren't given much of a shot, but still can do well.

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